I'm back again - two posts in one month, what's going on!
As many of you are aware, October is breast cancer awareness month. This year I am honoured to link in with its4women.ie the online insurance company. They have launched a fantastic initiative where they are asking women to speak out.
Together we are hoping to break down the wall of silence that often builds up around women during breast cancer treatment.
I am currently being treated for breast cancer for the 10th time. In fact, I am sitting in the oncology unit having chemotherapy as I type. So I know exactly how it feels when cancer crashes into a woman’s life.
I have been asked time and again how I manage to cope and remain positive. There are many reasons ranging from the support my family give me to the wonderful advances in medicine. But there’s one thing I’ve done from the beginning and I know it’s worked for me.
I have never allowed cancer to silence me. Most of all, I have never allowed that fear (you know the one that comes free with each diagnosis) to remain inside. I know it can be difficult to talk to the people closest to us. After all, none of us want to upset those we love most. So I’ve found incredible solace in writing. I’ve channelled my thoughts into my books.
I’m not asking any of you to write a book – although I can’t recommend that enough! But I’d love you to write down how you feel or felt during or after cancer and share it. I'll tell you how to do that in a minute. But first, let me sell the idea to you!
If you log on to its4breastcancer.ie the wonderful folks at its4women are willing to donate €4 to Breast Cancer Ireland (www.breastcancerireland.com). This is an amazing gesture as all funds received by this charity go to research. What does that mean? It means new drugs can be developed. That means there will be more treatments available for women going through breast cancer. That, in turn means more women will potentially survive.
Sadly we all know someone who has been affected by cancer. So if you can spare the time to write a few lines this October, you can and will make a difference.
So please, please, please log onto its4breastcancer.ie and share your stories.
Not only will you inspire others and let people know they are not alone, but you will aid a donation to medical research.
Afterwards, its4women intend commissioning an Irish designer to create a piece of art that will be donated to Professor Arnie Hill. Professor Hill is the director of Breast Cancer Ireland and a leading breast cancer surgeon at Beaumont hospital, Dublin.
So come on girls, vent your spleen and support cancer research while you’re at it. Go to:
Thanks for your help!
Love and light